Although the claims for this eye-area product go beyond the realm of possibility—it cannot eliminate wrinkles, dark circles, or age-related puffiness, which any physician would know if they understood the ingredient label and knew the research—it is still a rather impressive, fragrance-free formula that treats skin to lightweight hydrating ingredients along with cell-communicating peptides and some good skin-repairing ingredients. This is by far a much better eye gel formulation than what this group of products typically offers!
What you're likely to see from this eye gel is smoother skin and a slight reduction in the appearance of wrinkles due to the many ingredients that stimulate collagen production. Of course, the antiwrinkle benefit of a product like this depends on your daily use of a well-formulated sunscreen, but you knew that already, right?
Despite our enthusiasm for this formula, an eye cream isn't something everyone needs. Please see More Info to find out why.
Note: The studies on Argireline (listed as acetyl hexapeptide-3, the second ingredient in this eye gel) were performed by the company that sells this ingredient to companies such as EltaMD (Source: International Journal of Cosmetic Science, October 2002, pages 303–310). This synthetic peptide cannot relax wrinkles by interrupting or relaxing the cellular signaling that tells your muscles to pull skin a certain way (as in when you smile and the skin around your eyes crinkles). If it could do this, it would have the same effect on other areas, including the fingers you use to apply the gel, which wouldn't be good—you certainly don't want to lose muscle control in your fingers. Like most peptides, this theoretically has cell-communicating ability and moisture-binding properties for skin, but it's not an equivalent topical alternative to Botox or dermal fillers.
- Fragrance-free, which is great for the eye area and the rest of the face.
- Contains a good mix of beneficial anti-aging ingredients to improve wrinkles and skin firmness.
- Silky texture and smooth, non-sticky finish works well under makeup.
- The claims for eliminating wrinkles, dark circles, and puffy eyes are over-the-top and not supported by published research.
Why You May Not Need an Eye Cream
Most eye creams aren't necessary. That's either because they are poorly formulated, contain nothing special for the eye area, or come in packaging that won't keep key ingredients stable. Just because the product is labeled as an eye cream doesn't mean it's good for your eye area; in fact, many can actually make matters worse.
There is much you can do to improve signs of aging around your eyes. Any product loaded with antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients, skin-lightening ingredients, anti-inflammatory ingredients, and effective emollients will work wonders and those ingredients don't have to come from a product labeled as an eye cream.
You would be shocked how many eye creams lack even the most basic ingredients to help skin. For example, most eye creams don't contain sunscreen. During the day that is a serious problem because it leaves the skin around your eyes vulnerable to sun damage and this absolutely will make dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles worse!
Whatever product you put around your eye area, regardless of what it is labeled, must be well formulated and appropriate for the skin type around your eyes! That may mean you need an eye cream, but you may also do just as well applying your regular facial moisturizer around your eyes.
Eliminate under-eye fine lines and wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles with this eye gel. Special peptides, natural extracts and Hyaluronic Acid deliver visible results within 30 days when Renew Eye Gel is used morning and night.
Purified Water, Acetyl Hexapeptide-3, Cyclopentasiloxane, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Glycerin, Glycosaminoglycans, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Coploymer, Polyisobutene, PEG-7 Trimethylolpropane Coconut Ether, Calcium Ketogluconate, Niacinamide, Silica, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Retinyl Palmitate, Citrullus Vulgaris (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Sodium Lactate, Sodium PCA, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Sodium Bisulfite, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid.
Texas-based EltaMD is a small line of skin-care products that specializes in sunscreens. If you're like most of the women who've asked us to review this line, you most likely came across it at your dermatologist's office. EltaMD is a "physician-dispensed" line, but despite that professional allure, their products are not "medical" in the least. In fact, they are widely available for purchase online, and nothing about their skin-care formulas requires a prescription or your doctor's sanction. In fact, we're fairly certain many doctors wouldn't know how to decipher the ingredient list on the label of these products
Without question, EltaMD takes the necessity of daily sun protection seriously. They offer several sunscreens and moisturizers with sunscreen, each providing broad-spectrum protection from either zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. In short, this line gets its sunscreens right, and the fact that all of them are fragrance-free is an added bonus for your skin.
Perhaps most exciting is that almost all of EltaMD's sunscreens with zinc oxide (often joined by the synthetic sunscreen active octinoxate) apply beautifully and do not leave a noticeable white cast, despite their mineral base.
The company maintains that they use micronized zinc oxide, and you can tell. These sunscreens are easy to apply and most have cosmetically elegant textures that feel more like moisturizers than traditional "beach" sunscreens. They also work great under makeup, although some may find the mineral finish not to their liking, just based on personal preference.
Of course, EltaMD isn't the only company to offer a good selection of sunscreens that provide broad-spectrum protection. Nor are they the only game in town when it comes to using micronized zinc oxide; lots of other companies, including SkinCeuticals, Peter Thomas Roth, and Paula's Choice, use it because it's effective and aesthetically pleasing. However, EltaMD's formulas are quite good and compete favorably with others, especially for women with normal to dry or combination skin that's not prone to breakouts.
Where EltaMD's sunscreens could improve is by providing a greater array of antioxidants. Some of their sunscreens contain none, while most have only one, typically vitamin E. That's not bad, but given the research proving how antioxidants boost the efficacy of sunscreens and offer additional protection for your skin, it's good medicine to include several antioxidants in effective amounts rather than just one.
EltaMD also offers a small range of facial-care products, most of which are fragrance-free, although if they are from a "physican's" line, as this one is, they should all be fragrance-free because fragrance is not skin care and is almost always damaging to skin. The facial-care products are decent options, but for the most part they are ordinary and not preferred over hundreds of others. Sun protection is where it's at for this brand.
For more information about EltaMD, call (800) 633-8872 or visit www.eltamd.com.
Note: The Paula's Choice Research Team wishes to extend a special thank you to EltaMD. When we contacted the company to request information and assistance (something we do for every brand reviewed on this site) they graciously sent us every product along with helpful information on each. It is not often a cosmetics company assists us at all, let alone so willingly, and we sincerely appreciate it.